1110 W 6th St
Austinites love Hatch chile season! Z’Tejas is not only playing homage to this beloved chile but is also doing it for a great cause. For every item off their Chile Bash Menu ordered, they are donating $1 to the Cancer Survivorship Clinic at the Children’s Blood & Cancer Center at Dell Children’s. They hope to raise $5,000. I was invited by their PR group to try their menu in exchange for honest feedback. I came by their downtown Austin location the first day of their fundraiser and tried everything on their Chile Bash Menu. (I’m still full two days later.)
Skinny Z’smash and Skinny Smokin’ Margarita, both $8.50
The Skinny Z’Smash tasted a lot like a mimosa. What blew me away was the Skinny Smokin’ Margarita. It has Herradyra Anejo, DeKuyper Peach, Grand Marnier, lemon juice, agave nectar, and Tabasco sauce, which you don’t taste til the very end. There were so many notes in this drink that complement each other with enough contrast to surprise you. Surprise you in a delightful way, I promise.
Hatch chile onion rings; $6.95
I could not stop munching on these lightly battered onion rings and hatch chiles. They tasted delicious on their own and also with the Hatch chile sauce and the barbecue sauce.
Tamarind Chicken Salad; $13.95
There’s something on the menu for everyone. If you’re gluten free or wanted something lighter, this salad is a great option. I rarely order salads as I come from a place of hedonistic gluttony. I dutifully took a few bites of the salad; my body thanked me for the ruffage and my taste-buds did not complain. I imagined them giving me a reluctant smile as I went back for more bites throughout the meal. The chicken was glazed in tamarind. There were candied pecans, goat cheese, and pickled Hatch chiles. There is also the chicken free version (just $4.95) of this salad on the menu!
Herb Chile Glazed Mahi Mahi; $16.95
Served with roasted vegetables and red beans, the Herb Chile Glazed Mahi Mahi is another healthy option on the Chile Bash Menu. I might have ignored it too long on the cast iron serving dish because the fish was just a little dry and overcooked.
Adobo Steak Relleno; $13.95
I often joke that I love spicy food so much but hate that it makes my face sweat. This dish was one of my two favorites from the night. If you can tolerate heat, I recommend this one! The relleno was stuffed with Jack cheese, caramelized onions, and seared beef tenderloin. Apologies to my dinner companion for sweating after eating this but it hurt so good.
Pork Tenderloin Sliders; $13.95
The Pork Tenderloin Sliders were my other favorite dish of the night. It had sweet, sour, and spicy components and none of them overpowered the others. Lightly battered tender pork, topped with green chile pineapple chimichurri and slaw are served in between soft jalapeno rolls. You can have them with a side of sweet potato fries, steak fries, or the Hatch chile onion rings. Guys, I could not get enough of this plate. Even the steak fries, the lowly sidekick to the sliders were addictive.
Chile Coconut Flan; $5.95
Hm! So Coconut Flan must be a thing? I just had my first one at Uncle Julio’s. I had trouble detecting any chile in this flan but I had no complaints. If you enjoy coconut and custards with a rich texture, this one is for you.
I love it when I can do something that fulfills multiple levels of desire. When you come and order off this menu, you can satiate your hunger, help raise money to fight cancer, enjoy Hatch chiles while they’re in season, and be gentle to your budget. Isn’t that a winning combination? Come soon. Fundraiser ends September 16.
Tags: charity event, coconut flan, drinks, Tex Mex, Z'Tejas